In this post, I am reprising the snap count analysis that I did quarterly last season. It will be a weekly review with an updated graphic to show change over time on a game-by-game basis for the different position groups. Since this is just the first game. I’ll give you the total snaps and snap percentage in tabular form only. I will give the weekly table each week with the updated snap percentage graphic for position group.
Offensive Snap Data
Analysis: I didn’t realize Devontae Booker got 19 snaps. His impact was minimal on those 19 offensive snaps. He had four touches and accounted for 15 yards with those four touches. He did play nine special teams snaps, so I guess the coaches see some value in using him on special teams. I am hoping that Phillip Lindsay gets used less on special teams moving forward with the signing of Shamarko Thomas who should take over the punt team gunner duties from Lindsay. Jeff Heuerman played 84% of the offensive snaps while Jake Butt got in on 49%. Matt LaCosse had one measely offensive snap as the #3 TE. We essentially used Billy Turner as the third TE giving him two offensive snaps in our “heavy” package with six offensive lineman. Courtland Sutton got 44 offensive snaps (59%) showing that the offensive coaches already feel that he solidly the #3 WR. DeSean Hamilton only got 14 offensive snaps (19%).
Defensive Snap Data
Analysis: Three defensive players did not get a single defensive snap, but played many special teams snaps: Dymonte Thomas, Joseph Jones and Keishawn Bierria. Josey Jewell played almost every special teams play while also playing seven defensive snaps. Shaquil Barrett only played four defensive snaps while Shane Ray played 18. Bradley Chubb hardly came off the field on defense with 95% of the defensive snaps. Darian Stewart, Chris Harris Jr. and Justin Simmons played every single defensive snap. Tramaine Brock as the #4 CB, got two defensive snaps.
Last season I also kept a running total of the who was game-day inactive for each game and then I gave an accounting of that after each quarter of the season. I can keep track of that if there is interest (sound off in the comments).
What surprised you the most from this snap data?
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Shaq only getting 4 defensive snaps
Booker getting 19 offensive snaps with both Lindsay and Freeman getting more
Matt LaCosse getting one offensive snap
Bradley Chubb getting 95% of the defensive snaps in his first game
Janovich only gettting 18% of the offensive snaps
Tramaine Brock only getting 2 defensive snaps